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August 2010 Guest Editor Veronica Henry on Zazie in the Metro...
As a teenager I went through a horribly pretentious phase of reading existential literature. A lot of it was heavy going but not this, by Dadaist Raymond Queaneau. The story of a little girl who goes to say with her flamboyant uncle in Paris, the wordplay, even in translation, is phenomenal.
Impish, foul-mouthed Zazie arrives in Paris from the country to stay with her female-impersonator Uncle Gabriel. All she really wants to do is ride the metro, but finding it shut because of a strike, Zazie looks for other means of amusement and is soon caught up in a comic adventure that becomes wilder and more manic by the minute. Queneau's cult classic was made into a hugely successful film by Louise Malle in 1960. Packed full of wordplay and phonetic games, Zazie in the Metro remains as stylish and witty as ever.
Publication date: 27/02/2003
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Counterpack - filled
|Publication date:||27th February 2003|
|Publisher:||Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Format:||Counterpack - filled|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
An intellectual and polymath of the highest order, Raymond Queneau was, variously, a novelist, poet, essayist, lyricist, scriptwriter, translator, film director and amateur mathematician. Born in Le Havre in 1903, he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne, was involved for a while with the Surrealist movement, joined the prestigious reading committee of the publishers Gallimard and co-founded the Oulipo group, a literary workshop in existence to this day.His main achievement in the eyes of the public, though, was to write Zazie in the Metro (1959), the thirteenth of his fifteen novels. Adapted for film, stage and comic-strip, it proved enormously popular - ...More About Raymond Queneau